A salute to freedom

It would be a very boring world if writers agreed with each other all the time. But it is a tragic world when writers disagree with each other on a fundamental principle. And that principle is the freedom to speak, even in the face of threat or violence. Earlier this week at a gala in…

Dissecting the “Internet Freedom” Agenda: A review of Shawn M. Powers and Michael Jablonski, The Real Cyber War

A review of Shawn M. Powers and Michael Jablonski, The Real Cyber War: The Political Economy of Internet Freedom by Richard Hill 2, April 2015 This review was originally published in boundary 2, at:http://boundary2.org/2015/04/29/dissecting-the-internet-freedom-agenda/ Disclosure: the author of this review is thanked in the Preface of the reviewed book. Both radical civil society organizations and…

PM Modi defends ban on Delhi gang rape documentary

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has defended his government’s decision to ban a controversial documentary film about the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi, saying it was to ensure the dignity of the victim was protected. The film “India’s Daughter” – which features an interview with one of the men who raped…

Arvind Kejriwal under attack over media circular

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday came under biting criticism for his government’s controversial circular threatening action against the media for any “defamatory news,” with the Congress and the BJP accusing him of being a “hypocrite” and “anti-democratic.” An official order issued by the Delhi government has directed the administration to bring in notice…

The case for liberal arts education

The party tents are up and bleacher stands are in place on the Columbia University’s beautifully apportioned Commons (public yard) that will bring together some 45,000 people — undergraduates, graduates, Doctorates, their families, the faculty, and the university administration—to celebrate the value of higher education at one of the great universities of the world where…

Gujarat tops in e-transactions for government services

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ campaign has got a big boost from his home state with Gujaratis accounting for highest use of e-governance services offered by various state and central government departments. Over 69 crore transactions were made by Gujaratis in 2014, amounting for 32% of the total in the country. These services were…